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  • Thyroid Biopsy

    Detecting Problems With Your Thyroid

    What is a Thyroid Biopsy/Fine Needle Aspiration?

    A Thyroid biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the thyroid gland and looked at under a microscope for cancer, infection, or other thyroid problems. The thyroid gland is found in front of the windpipe (trachea), just below the voice box (larynx).

    The procedure is performed by a radiologist under ultrasound guidance.

    What is the Preparation for a Thyroid Biopsy/Fine Needle Aspiration?

    • No advanced fasting is required.
    • The technologist from Crystal Clear Imaging will give you specific instructions on what medications you may take the day of your biopsy/ Fine Needle Aspiration.
    • Patients taking Coumadin, Persantine, Plavix, or Platel may be asked to hold these medications after their treating physician has given consent to hold the medication.  This will be coordinated by Crystal Clear Imaging and your treating physician.   You will be notified what day to hold your medication.
    • Attire should be a shirt and shorts, slacks or shirt.  Avoid wearing any necklaces, as this will interfere with the procedure.

    Can I drive myself?

    • Yes

    How long will I be at Crystal Clear Imaging?

    • Your appointment time will be approximately one hour.

    What to expect:

    • Upon your arrival at Crystal Clear Imaging you will check in with the front desk receptionist.  You will be asked to provide a picture ID (usually a license) and a valid insurance card.
    • You will be asked to complete and sign the Authorization for Care and Release of Health Information.  (If you wish to allow any other person to receive your medical information or have your results released to anyone, other than yourself you will indicate that on this form)
    • You will be given and asked to sign the Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices.
    • Family members will be asked to wait in the lobby when you are called for your procedure.
    • You will be asked to sign consent for treatment and given an opportunity to ask questions prior to the procedure.
    • Under ultrasound guidance the technologist will locate the area to be biopsied.
    • The Radiologist will prep the area with betadine.
    • A small needle is inserted into the nodule and a specimen obtained.  This may be repeated 2 or three times.
    • You may be asked to wait in the lobby for 5 to 10 minutes after the biopsy.

    Home Care

    • Most patients may return to work 30 minutes after the completion of the biopsy.
    • Vigorous physical activity should be avoided for 2 to 3 days following the biopsy.
    • You may shower the evening of your biopsy.
    • Post procedure you may experience a hoarse voice, sore throat or a slight bruise.  Should you have any mild discomfort you may take Tylenol, as this does not have any blood thinning effects.

    Biopsy Results

    • Specimens are sent to an independent Pathologist for evaluation.
    • Your physician will receive separate written reports from the radiologist and pathologist within two to seven days.  It is important to keep your follow up appointment to obtain these results.

    If you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.  Should you be admitted to the hospital, please inform your physician about your appointment.

    If you have any questions please call Crystal Clear Imaging at: (937) 398-0500 and ask to speak to the technologist.

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